Writing is a journey and a process. As a writer, you must keep in mind thinking about writing is important before you start writing—as cliched as this sounds. It’s true! One of the most crucial things you can do as a writer is to plan out what you want to write about—if possible! This will help ease any anxiety or stress you will have when writing. Planning allows your imagination to have a map! These types of maps are important when it relates to self-rejection! These maps are most often known/referenced as an outline. While not all writers use these, however, for those writers who are comfortable using them find much success with them! They allow your imagination to be aware of what is to come. Outlines are guidelines to follow; this ability to follow the guidelines for your new work, will allow you to not panic when you put pen to paper. Never underestimate the power of the tools are your disposal! Planning–good planning!–as a writer will save you time, energy and frustration. Which, in turn, will make you more comfortable with that you want to create! Be ready to plan! Plan to be successful!
For those of you that follow Encouragement Pages that post Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays–first, I thank you.
Second, this week–I am going to stretch you this week. The podcast I run (The Writers’ Block–find us on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify!) dedicates perpetual Septembers to what I call Back To Writing Month. In the spirit of that, I want to challenge you all to a quick draft challenge. And what better way to debut that than with Encouragement Pages.
The ‘Ready, Set, Go!’ Challenge is something that you can use to develop a quick draft of a short story or a myth/backstory for a novel. Use your imagination!
The first thing you need know about writing is two things.
We are all taught how to write.
We do not all write.
When you decide to take your knowledge of words from academic to creative, the first thing you need to know is you believe you can. That type of belief is paramount, and is the foundation towards building writing as a hobby or career.
That belief is built letter by letter. Word by word. Page by page. It is built on ability, availability and time. Like anything, if you want to be good at this-you must master these things. You have to be willing to work beyond what other people do. You must understand that to be gentle with yourself while building is the key to developing this belief.
Just like the Little Engine That Could, you have to believe it before you see it. Keep chugging, keep going, keep writing!
One letter. One word. One line. One page at a time.